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Encinitas and Carlsbad School Head Lice Policies

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Updated on July 19, 2020

Schools in the area of Encinitas and Carlsbad do not hold to a strict “no nit” policy when it comes to head lice. They will allow students with nits or eggs only to return to the classroom once they have been checked by the school nurse.

Encinitas Union SD

Head Lice  

The Board of Trustees believes that the district's head lice management program should emphasize the correct diagnosis and treatment of head lice in order to minimize disruption of the education process and to reduce the number of student absences resulting from infestation. In consultation with the school nurse, the Superintendent or designee may establish a routine screening program to help prevent the spread of head lice.

School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon as possible. The nurse or designee shall examine the student and other students who are siblings of the affected student or members of the same household.

If a student is found with active, adult head lice, he/she shall be excluded from attendance. The parent/guardian of an excluded student shall receive information about recommended treatment procedures and sources of further information. The student shall be allowed to return to school the next day and shall be checked by the nurse or designee before returning to class. Once he/she is determined to be free of lice, the student shall be rechecked weekly for up to six weeks.

The Superintendent or designee shall send home the notification required by law for excluded students. (Education Code 48213)

The principal and school nurse shall work with the parents/guardians of any student who has been deemed to be a chronic head lice case in order to help minimize the student's absences from school.

When two or more students in any class have been identified as having a head lice infestation, all students in the class shall be examined. In consultation with the school nurse, the principal may also send information about head lice home to all parents/guardians of the students in that class.

Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice and excluded from attendance.

Source Encinitas Union SD

CARLSBAD USD

To prevent the spread of head lice infestations, school employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school health technician or designee as soon as possible. The health technician or designee shall examine the student and any siblings of affected students or members of the same household. If lice are found, the student shall be excluded from attendance and parents/guardians informed about recommended treatment procedures and sources of further information.

The Superintendent or designee shall send home the notification required by law for excluded students. (Education Code 48213)

If there are two or more students affected in any class, all students in the class may be examined, and information about head lice shall be sent home to all parents/guardians of those students.

Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice and excluded from attendance.

Source: Carlsbad USD Gamut Online

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